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Installing xetex

Postby xetex_newbie » Fri Dec 05, 2008 4:58 pm

I have been trying to install xetex on Unix system.I installed fontconfig and freeetype2,however when I specify the --with-font-config option along with the pathname while running configure script,it still throws an error saying font config not installed.
I installed font config from the following location: ... 4.2.tar.gz

Moreover,am not able to find any option in config -help called "with-font-config"
Is there something am doing wrong?Could anyone please help me out,thanx a ton!

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Postby herrb » Thu May 28, 2009 11:00 am

A few days ago I installed XeTeX as part of TeX Live 2008. I installed on Mac OS X but would not expect big differences on other UNIX systems. It was totally pain-free.

Downloaded the TeX Live installer -- a rather classic looking command line downloader/installer thingy. Created a writable install target directory (/usr/local/TeX/ or something like that, don't have the machine here to look). Fired up the installer telling it where to install. Off it went downloading about 1800 files then configuring and doing all sorts of things. Flawless.

Added /usr/local/TeX/bin to my $PATH. Works. I am very pleased.

Please take the above paths with a grain of salt. I type them here from memory. The gist is: the input you give the installer is very straightforward.

A late reply -- hope it helps someone.


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